Microwave Baked Beans

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Prep Time

5 mins

Cook Time

6-7 mins

Free Time

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Looking for a quick and easy side dish that's mostly made from pantry staples? Try these microwave BBQ baked beans! These BBQ baked beans are perfect for a speedy side dish or a hearty main. Enjoy the delicious, smoky flavor without all the fuss!

You can use any canned beans you have on hand, and if you're watching your sugar intake, just go for a sugar-free BBQ sauce. The best part? You can totally customize them. Add pickled jalapeños, diced peppers, fire-roasted corn, cotija cheese, and more to make them your own.

All of Anyday’s recipes are tested (and retested!) in many different microwave and home kitchens to make sure they work—, and work well. Unless specified otherwise, all recipes should be cooked at full power.

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What You’ll Need

What You’ll Need

The Medium Deep Dish

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Wattage translates to how powerful the microwave is. The higher the wattage, the faster your food will cook. The lower the wattage, the longer the cook time.

When in doubt, start with less time — you can always add more.

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The Medium Deep Dish


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, butter or bacon fat
  • ½ cup (60g) small diced yellow onion
  • 1 can (14oz- 395g) cooked beans, such as cannellini, kidney, or pinto 
  • ½ cup (120g) BBQ sauce
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1 4oz can (113g) diced green chiles


  1. Add the oil and diced onions into an Anyday Dish and stir to combine. Cover with lid (knob lifted).
  2. Cook the onions for 1-2 minutes, or until they begin to soften.
  3. Strain and rinse the canned beans, then add them alongside the remaining ingredients into the Anyday dish with the onions and stir to combine. Cover with lid (knob lifted)
  4. Cook for 5-6 minutes, or until the beans are hot and the sauce begins to thicken. Stir the beans and sauce until they form a thick and saucy consistency.
  5. Enjoy as is or top with chopped parsley if desired.

Serving suggestions & tips

  • Enjoy on the side with grilled meats, fish, or veggies.
  • Use these delicious beans on a baked potato.
  • Spoon over hot dogs (regular or plant-based), for a smoky twist on chili dogs.

Recipe notes

  • You can use any bean you like for equally delicious results.
  • This dish can be made ahead of time, up to 5-7 days, and will taste even better when reheated.
  • Microwave ovens vary, even with the same wattages. Adjust cooking times as needed.

All You Need to Know About Microwaving Baked Beans

What are baked beans?

Baked beans are a delicious southern side dish, made with beans simmered in a savory and slightly sweet sauce. They’re often flavored with ingredients like onions, garlic, and spices to enhance their smoky, tangy flavor.

Can I make baked beans in the microwave?

Absolutely! You can cook Baked beans in the microwave for a quick and easy version. Just combine your ingredients in an Anyday dish, heat, and stir until everything is heated through. This recipe uses the right technique to ensure the sauce is nice and thick.

How long can I save baked beans?

You can store baked beans in the refrigerator for up to 5-7 days in an Anyday dish with the lid on for freshness. In fact, they taste even better when reheated after a few days as the flavors continue to develop.

Can I freeze baked beans?

Yes, you can freeze baked beans! Allow them to cool completely before transferring them to an Anytime Freezer Tray or freeze them directly in an Anyday dish to reheat later. They can be frozen for up to 3 months. When you're ready to eat them, either place the frozen beans in an Anyday dish, microwave at full power for 1-2 minutes, then stir and continue heating until the beans are heated through.

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